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The Briefly column will appear every weekday and on Saturdays at It is intended to provide space for announcements from Institution-related organizations. If a meeting or activity is featured that day in a story, it should not be repeated in the Briefly column. Submit information to Cloey Olkowski, editorial office manager, at Please provide the name of the organization, time and place of virtual event, and one contact person’s name with phone number. Deadline is 5 p.m. EDT three days before publication.

Week One Post-lecture Conversations on the Virtual Porch

Following the Chautauqua Lecture Series program, at 12:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, June 30, join others on the Virtual Porch to discuss this week’s lectures on “Climate Change: Prioritizing Our Global and Local Response.” All are welcome. The conversation will be facilitated by Tereza Jezkova, assistant professor in the Department of Biology at Miami University of Ohio.

Deeper Dive in Ocean Conservancy with George Leonard

Following the Chautauqua Lecture Series presentation by Ocean Conservancy CEO Janis Searles Jones, learn more about the work of Ocean Conservancy with Chief Scientist George Leonard at 3:30 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, June 30, on the Virtual Porch. Log-in to register for this presentation and Q-and-A.

Literary Arts Contests

Writers of all ages are invited to submit their poetry or prose by Sunday, Aug. 2 to the writing contests sponsored by Friends of the Chautauqua Writers’ Center (formerly Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends.) Prizes are awarded in the adult, young adult, and youth categories. For more information and submission instructions, please go to  Please direct any questions to

Authors’ Hour

Chautauqua authors will read from their work each Thursday at 12:15 p.m. EDT on Zoom during Weeks One through Nine. Find more information at Direct any questions to Week One’s authors are Dave Northrup (short fiction and non-fiction) and Clara Silverstein (novels and poems).

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Birkenstock enthusiast and lover of all things yellow, Cloey Olkowski is the office manager at the Daily. This will be Cloey’s fourth season at the Daily and 20th season at Chautauqua. A native of Buffalo, New York, she is a recent graduate of SUNY Oswego, where she majored in public relations with double minors in graphic design and psychology. Three seasons ago she placed second in the Old First Night Run/Walk and hopes to take home the virtual gold this season.